(As a reminder, the overall monthly challenge is to write four novels and gain distance every week on my step count, starting the first week at an average of 11,000 steps per day.)
The Day Went Like This…
First off, I decided to give my legs a rest as somewhere around 7,000 steps I was really dragging. I have done a week at 5 miles (10,000 steps) and another week at 5.5 miles a day (11,000 steps for me). Yesterday I did 12,000 steps, but today I needed to rest a little.
Tomorrow back to 12,000 steps.
NOTICE!! Everyone who is signed up for a July workshop should have a letter from me. If not, write me. And still room in all workshops. If you want to break out of the Time of Great Forgetting, a July workshop might do the trick.
Writer’s meeting from 2 p.m. up at WMG and got done with that around 4:30, then worked for about an hour in my office, then went for a walk, then back to work for another hour or so.
Then home to do e-mail, take a nap, and cook dinner. Then back in here around 10 p.m. to do more e-mail and reading on the challenge stories.
Made it to writing around midnight as I was supposed to do.
Unlike last night, this did not go easy tonight.
I wrote 1,100 words by 12:45, went to take a nap, then read Kris’s new blog, then back in here.
I managed another 1,400 words by 2 a.m.
A break, another 1,300 words by 3 a.m.
Novel is not going slowly, I am just really tired tonight.
A break and another 1,200 words by 4 a.m. Almost tossed it in at that point for the night, but decided to try one more session.
Got 1,100 words done by 5 a.m.
6,100 words in 5 sessions.
Novel #1…The Writing of TOMBSTONE CANYON: A Thunder Mountain Novel
Challenge Day 1… Words written… 6,600. Total so far… 6,600 words.
Challenge Day 2… Words written… 6,700. Total so far… 13,300 words.
Challenge Day 3… Words written… 6,100. Total so far… 19,400 words.
Challenge Day 4… Words written… 6,200. Total so far… 25,600 words.
Challenge Day 5… Words written… 6,200. Total so far…, 31,800 words.
Challenge Day 6… Words written… 6,100. Total so far…, 37,900 words.
Challenge Day 7… Words written… 3,200. Final Total…, 41,100 words. (Novel count is 38,000)
Challenge Novel #2
Novel #2…The Writing of DEATH TAKES A DIAMOND: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel
Challenge Day 8… Words written… 6,400. Total so far… 6,400 words.
Challenge Day 9… Words written… 6,100. Total so far… 12,500 words.
The Day Breakdown
5 hours writing… 6,100 words
1 hours exercise plus normal movement… 8,600 steps
6 hours of work for workshops and meetings and such.
The rest television, cooking dinner, and so on. Plus 8 hours of sleep. Two 10 minute naps.
THE CHALLENGE SO FAR…
Days over 6,000 words… 8 of 9
Days over 11,000 steps… 8 of 9
Days over 12,000 steps… 1 of 2
12 hours of regular job work this week
Tracking Word Counts… July 9th, 2017
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,390
— Daily Fiction: 6,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 53,600 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,600 words
— E-mail: 29 e-mails. Approx. 1,800 original words. E-mails month-to date: 253 e-mails. Approx. 14,500 words
JULY ONLINE WORKSHOPS…STARTING THIS WEEK!!!
All have openings at the moment. Information at
Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page.
Class #1… July 11th … Depth #3: Research
Class #2… July 11th … Author Voice
Class #3… July 11th … Business
Class #4… July 11th … Endings
Class #5… July 11th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #6… July 11th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #7… July 12th … Depth in Writing
Class #8… July 12th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #9… July 12th … Cliffhangers
Class #10… July 12th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #11… July 12th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #12… July 12th … Writing Fantasy